LECITHIN

The unique emulsifying and release agent properties of lecithin address the challenges posed by a myriad of applications. Some of the key areas where our bespoke LeciTAs® systems can be found are as follows:

Chocolate production

Lecithin reduces the internal friction between sugar crystals and cocoa particles, which enables producers to control the rheological (flow) properties of the chocolate mass. This in turn saves on cocoa butter usage and therefore production cost.

Margarine Production

Here lecithin has two key functions: it enables the oil and water phases to mix homogeneously, but also is able to sequester water droplets during frying, which means it has an excellent anti-spattering effect.

Release Agent

Lecithin acts as a release agent thus preventing the sticking or burning-on in many food applications. Lecithin can have this remarkable effect either as an ingredient included in a recipe, or indeed when blended to bespoke concentrations with oil and sprayed directly onto tins, belts, pans or irons.

Instantising

One market which certainly continues to grow is the convenience market. Amongst other factors this is driven by the demand for ease of storage, ease of use and longevity of product. Lecithin is used in many powdered product applications, which need to be reconstituted in water or milk before final use. Lecithin is key to the success of instantisation by improving the “wetting” ability of powders and helping to disperse hydrophilic and lipophilic powder components.

Technical & Industrial Applications

The list of lecithin’s uses in technical applications is almost endless, due to its lubricant, barrier and dispersal properties. Lecithin products are found in applications as diverse as paints, inks and leather tanning, to the release of tyres and concrete from production moulds, and for emulsifiers in oil-drilling applications.

Other key areas

Lecithin is also widely found in the feed, pharmaceutical, health and cosmetics’ industries.

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The Palm Oil Campaign

We at Thew Arnott are committed to participation in the Sustainable Palm Oil City project in Chester. As corporate sponsors of the Bornean Orangutans at Chester Zoo, we believe it is vital to support the work and projects that are carried out, as well as promoting sustainable palm oil production. By doing so we know […]

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Merry Christmas from Thew Arnott

Please note that during the festive period, both the Deeside and Wallington offices will be closed from the 25th December and re-open on the 2nd January 2019. Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy & Successful New Year! We have decided to donate to charity this year instead of sending Christmas cards. […]

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